Welcome to this week’s Tending Tuesdays offering! Tending Tuesdays was inspired by a pull to sustain the value of what happens when we come together as a community. Each Tuesday, an email will come to you with a link to a new video on a Dream Tending or depth psychological topic in the form of current writing and research, interviews, discussions with colleagues, and clips of tending dreams.

Dear Dream Tending Community,

If ever there was a time and place… that time is now, the place is everywhere.  In a time where “trust” between people is at a low point and “blame” is all too common, the need for something more “deeply felt” pushes for attention.   Soul Companions offer themselves for our befriendment.  These cherished guests originate in dream and imagination. They await our attention, our gesture of welcome.  When we take the time to listen and make place for their arrival, our life fills with so much more than power and fear. As our relationships with these inner persons of soul deepens we feel companioned, even loved. We discover that as we care for them, they in turn care for us.

Imagine turning first to these inner beloveds before taking on the challenges of the world. You would, most likely, respond differently. With a sense of “belonging,” to an inner community of the caring, mistrust would take a backseat to curiosity and genuine interest.

What is the world asking of us now?  I believe we are being called to tend those beloveds of the soul who live behind the grief and pain. I believe we are asked to deepen our relationships with those who show up in dreams and imagination.

Being in the world with your Soul Companions opens the portals to the soul of the world. Here each of us can experience our authentic calling. We find alignment with the genuine desires/needs of all we share the planet with.

In the dreamtime,

Steve

Soul Companions – Skill Set:

Befriendment
1) Identify a particular figure or landscape that you are drawn to or one that captivates your curiosity.
2) Take some time to slow down, go inside, and open your “aesthetic” eye.”
3) Notice particular details (size, shape, color) and movements (gestures, activities, motions).
4) Listen. What name comes forward?
5) In the company of your allies, first feel protection and support, then sketch the figure or landscape that visits now.
6) Engage in dialog. First, you write a few lines, then, importantly, open the time/space needed to listen to the words/sensations that come back to you.
7) As you would with any new friend, in mutual regard, take the time to go back and forth in conversation.
8) Set a time each day over the next five days to continue this new friendship.
What stories begin to emerge from this companion of soul, your Soul Companion?

Inside The Curious Mind

A quote that resonated with me this week…

“Each morning, we return from the dream soul trying to adjust to the day world, that moment when the two souls exchange places in the driver’s seat.”
— James Hillman

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Dr. Stephen Aizenstat

Stephen Aizenstat, PhD, is the founder of Dream Tending, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences. He is a world-renowned professor of depth psychology, an imagination specialist, and an innovator.
He has served as an organizational consultant to major companies, institutions, and as a depth psychological content advisor to Hollywood film makers. Dr. Aizenstat has lectured extensively in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is affiliated with the Earth Charter International project through the United Nations, where he has spoken. He has collaborated with many notable masters in the field including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, and Robert Johnson.